Vintage Ib Kofod-Larsen Shell Chair. Don’t you think these chairs are just divine?
I’m looking for some comfortable, plain, wooden chairs for our rather small dining area and boom! I wanted something I could add thin cushions to so that I can feed my textiles monster and change them up whenever I get bored…. I found these gorgeous chaps are on 1st Dibbs
As I had never heard of Kofod or Larsen before, or the Ib Shell chair — it felt like time for a Chair of the Month post…
And there I made my first mistake… Kofod-Larsen is actually one man, his first name is Ib and the chair is called the Shell Chair! Ib Kofod Larsen was a Danish furniture designer and architect of the 1950’s and 60’s. Unfortunately he did not garner too much respect for the designs he sold in Sweden, but his pieces were appreciated and enjoyed in Denmark and England. By today Ib Kofod-Larsen is very well respected and admired, his pieces go for an absolute fortune at vintage markets and antiques stores.
These ones are a mighty bit cheaper (about $9,000 less expensive!), except for the shipping from Europe, I’m sure… But they have orangey vinyl seats and I prefer the all wood variety, don’t you?
Ib Kofod-Larsen designed many variants of the Shell Chair, some in leather or vinyl with or without wood, some with metal legs, I believe these variants are also known as Penguin chairs? Love this Rocking Penguin! Something for everyone…. Cross your fingers I find some on eBay!